Discipline: Theatre/Music

Based In: Astoria, Queens

Website: https://jayneyd.wordpress.com

Jayne is an Irish and Puerto Rican (Latin-ish? Irecan?) playwright and screenwriter, and a proud native of Queens, NY. She holds a BA in Playwriting and English from Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College. Following graduation she relocated to the SF Bay Area where she spent a few years deciding acting was more fun before returning to her hometown of NYC and her first love of writing for the stage. Her takeaway: it’s all fun and you don’t have to choose, which is why she now incorporates music into her work (putting years of piano lessons and musical theatre to good use). She is currently at work on a piece about identity and how white passing privilege figures in to the culture one is deemed ‘worthy’ to claim.

When not writing, singing, or tinkering on the piano, she spends her time figuring out how to end sexual violence in nightlife spaces through her work with OutSmartNYC, or perfecting her double shake while collecting material for future scripts from behind a bar in midtown Manhattan. She’ll be attending Indiana University in Bloomington in the Fall, fully funded, as their sole incoming MFA playwright.